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Private Schools May Push To Reopen Even If Public Schools Stay Closed

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New York Governor Cuomo says in-person teaching is at risk if the coronavirus continues to spread in other states. At the same time, some small private schools want to be excluded from the state’s one-size-fits-all policy for reopening schools.

Some private schools say their small enrollment and greater program flexibility make them ideal for reopening safely this fall. 

Take Harbor Country Day School in Head of the Harbor, Long Island. It teaches 150 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade on an 11-acre estate. 

School officials told Newsday they should not be lumped in with larger public schools that teach thousands of students in one building on conventional campuses.  

But Governor Cuomo says high coronavirus infection rates in several states could mean school-aged and college-level students could be home for much longer. 

Cuomo is especially worried by a rare, deadly inflammatory disease related to the virus that has killed three in New York

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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